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JAN-FEB 2019

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I HAVE ALWAYS BEEN INTRIGUED by the concept of happi- ness. What brings happiness? Can we create our own happiness, even if life has dealt us an unfair hand? What really and truly is happiness, anyway? Whether I was born with it or it is something my loving family helped me to develop, I would consider myself a happy person. I try not to sweat the small stuff, I recognize and appreciate the blessings in my life and I have a generally positive outlook on life. Still, in the summer of 2015, I finally listened to that voice inside of me that for years had been telling me I needed to take a leap of faith and do something good for my soul. So, that September, I hopped on a plane to Albuquerque, New Mexico, rented a convertible and spent the next 10 days traveling through the West. I explored New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming and Montana with just the Silver Fox (as I named the convertible) and a constantly revolving playlist of great music to keep me company. I had never done something like that before, and I'm sure my grandmother would appreciate it if I never did something like that again, but those 10 days taught me more about myself than I had learned in the 10 years prior. at trip taught me many lessons but the greatest of all was that happiness is a choice. I could be angry about the speeding ticket I got in Nowheresville, Wyoming or I could be thankful that I made it to Jackson Hole in one piece. I could be annoyed that my suitcase broke on me on the last day of the trip or I could be thankful that the poor thing put up with so much abuse for that long. I could be devastated that my phone went dead for no reason as I was trying to take a picture of the sunrise from atop an old volcano or I could be thankful that the respite from technology allowed me to fully feel and experi- ence the incredible moment. ankful. When the world throws us curveballs and tragedies and hard times, "thankful" is a word that doesn't always come to mind. But, as you will read in my article, "Attitude of Gratitude" on page 34, being thankful is the best way to find happiness. Taking a road trip might not be such a bad idea, either. KATY RUTH CAMP from the EDITOR 8 COBB LIFE | JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2019 In September 2016, I took a solo road trip through the West. From top le to right: hiking the Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs, Co.; the San Francisco de Asis Mission Church in Taos, N.M.; Garden of the Gods; Jackson Hole, Wy.; sunrise in Albuquerque, N.M.; e Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Co.

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